Snagged His First Game Ball…Green Hat and All.

3-17-12

Dodgers vs Rockies…Salt River Fields

“D” in the Desert

This day started out exactly the way I like it. We showed up early and were greeted with two Diamondback batting practices. 

As I said there were two BP’s today and during  the second one it was just Mike, Dan and I snagg’n. It was game on and I snagged eight baseballs.

I live for days like that.

Behind where we were snagg’n baseballs was a six foot fence lined with barbed wire. Several of the BP homers hit bounced on the road and landed on the other side of the fence. I looked but couldn’t see a way to get over the fence and snag those baseballs so I forgot about them.

Next thing I know I see Mike walking up to me with a handful of baseballs. Mike found a weak spot in the fence and was able to get through it and snag  those stranded  baseballs. He also found a couple of balls that were missed hidden in the bushes.

For that bit of top-notch snagging I think Mike deserves an award.

I’m awarding Mike the first annual:

 “Robert Harmon Award for Creative Ballhawking”

To quote Robert “Baseballs do grow on trees”. Mike proved that.

The Rockies decided to take their BP in the cages…it figures.

Here’s “The Deuce”, caged and protected from his adoring fans.

Jordan Pacheco

Chris Nelson was kind enough to sign a baseball for me.

Here are some inside the stadium pictures pre-game.

I headed over to the Dodgers side to try to get Mark Ellis to sign the live game ball he tossed me last season but I never saw Mark on the field pre-game. As the Usher was scooting us away after the National Anthem Andre Ethier walked up to the edge of the dugout and started signing for folks.

I waited and Andre signed my baseball last.

He signed it on the sweet spot for me, I didn’t even have to ask.

 Thanks Andre!

 When I see Captain Earthman I know all is as it should be as far as baseball is concerned. 

The crew out on the berm. Check out Mikes hat.

Tulo’s Bobble.

Charlie

Former Rockie Mark Ellis.

In the sixth inning Wilin Rosario hit foul ball along the first base line. The new  owner of that baseball was none other than my partner in crime down here in Phoenix…Mike the Rox Addict.

 Mike gave away his first ever game ball to Mary the Usher because it was her birthday.

Here’s Mike pictured with Mary on TV…Classy move Mike :)

As much as we wanted a win to cap off one hell of a day it wasn’t happening.

Padres get the win over the Rockies 9-6.

I’m “D” The Ranter, feel’n fine but running a bit behind.

Next blog entry…Rangers vs Brewers Maryvale Baseball Park.

4 Comments

Love the post. Saw Earthmen and Mary in a Scottsdale as well. Like the green bases! See you at Coors Field in a few weeks. Don’t think I’m going opening day.

I’m working Opening Day, so finally get to see all of you then. I saw Mary and Mike on live TV! That was sweet, didn’t know it was her birthday. April 9th is only 16 days away!!!!

I always dig reading your stuff, Ranter. Keep it up!
~Matt

KEN-Thx brotha, I’m sure I catch you at a game the first week.
QUEEN GERI-Can’t wait, glad I’ll get to say hi, been a while :)
MATT-Thank you, enjoy your big trip brotha, can’t wait to read about it.

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